Bacon Academy was founded in 1803 when a local farmer, Pierpoint Bacon donated a sum of $35,000 to establish an institution of higher education. The school was originally housed in this building and eventually became the public high school serving the community of Colchester. In 1993 their new school building was opened, not far from here. This original Bacon Academy building is still being used, now for Bacon Academy's Alternative Education programs.
Serving as the public library for the residents of Colchester, the Cragin Memorial Library is a magnificent building. The library was founded in 1905 and a recent expansion was completed in 2002. The library now occupies over 20,000 sq ft of space and contains a collection of 63,000 items.
The population of a little over 16,000 is well served by this library.